Sil­ver lin­ing

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Me­dia -

“The rich­ness of sil­ver is im­mor­tal. It doesn’t die.” This phrase was of­ten ut­tered by sil­ver­smith An­to­nio Pineda, who died last De­cem­ber at the age of 90. From his stu­dio in the moun­tain vil­lage of Taxco, in Mex­ico’s state of Guer­rero, Pineda cre­ated sil­ver work that has be­came known around the world for its el­e­gant, hand­made pre­ci­sion. In his table­ware and neck­laces, he fused re­li­gious and pre-Columbian im­agery with mod­ernist cool. His jew­elry is renowned for grace­fully curv­ing to the con­tours of the hu­man body. Much of his work is on dis­play in a new show at the Mu­seum of In­ter­na­tional Folk Art called Sil­ver Se­duc­tion: The Art of Mex­i­can

Mod­ernist An­to­nio Pineda. The show in­cludes sil­ver­smith works he cre­ated be­tween the 1930s and 1970s, in­clud­ing neck­laces, bracelets, hol­lowware, and table­ware. The Mu­seum of In­ter­na­tional Folk Art (706 Camino Lejo, Mu­seum Hill, 476-1200) opens its ex­hi­bi­tion on Sun­day, June 6, with a re­cep­tion from 1 to 4 p.m. En­try is by mu­seum ad­mis­sion. A pre­view with wine, food, and mu­sic takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Satur­day, June 5. Tick­ets are $50 and are avail­able from the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, 211 W. San Fran­cisco St.; call 988-1234. The show runs through Jan­uary 2, 2011.

Twisted sil­ver cuff by An­to­nio Pineda

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